"Modern Girls and Old Fashion Men (with Regina Spektor)" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
You were
Modern girls always have to go (Right on time)
Old-fashioned men always want a mistress (You were right)
Modern girls always get their way (I was wrong)
Modern men dream of what they can't say (That's alright)
Right? Right? Right? Right? Right?
I don't belong (I don't belong)

Why you gotta say it if you know it's something wrong? (Why're you sitting over there?)
Says that he'll apologize and it won't take too long
Well, you don't wanna trust nobody else (Always thinking 'bout yourself)

(Time)
There's a few things that are gonna have to change (I'm your son)
Everyone has the same opinion (Won't you please?)
Your time is almost over (Don't be mean)
We won't get the chance to do this over (That's alright)
Right? Right? Right? Right? Right?
I don't belong (I don't belong)

I don't want the imprint of your key upon my nose (Why're you sitting over there?)
You don't have to tell no one 'cause no one wants to know
That you don't have no happiness at all (Always thinking 'bout yourself)

Oh yes, we're falling down
Oh yes, we're falling down
Oh yes, we're falling down
Oh yes, we're falling down
Oh yes, we're falling down
Oh yes, we're falling down
Oh yes, we're falling down
So fucking help me up

Always thinking 'bout yourself (You don't love me)
Always thinking 'bout yourself (I am an animal)
Always thinking 'bout yourself (I am not practical)

Was I?


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"Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men" as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +3
    General CommentI was under the same impression as coronalime222 was. I thought that it was about the relationship between Julian and his dad. It just makes much more sense to me. Especially if the correct lyric is "I'm your son". Also, when he says "your time is almost over" and "we won't get to do this over", I think he's saying that, as it's usually the parent that passes on first, Julian doesn't want there to be any unresolved issues between them, and that it's time to make up and get along,so to speak. All in all, I think this is a great song. I love Regina's voice, so it's nice to hear it paired up with Julian's. They go perfect together.
    I-Am-Mineon December 12, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe only 2 comments are stupid people asking others to make comments. Make that 3.
    five_to_oneon November 15, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMake that five. This song is so great! It's like Regina's beautiful voice rings out and clashes with Julian's low-toned, and goes " Take that, strokes fans!! " Fucking greaaaatt.
    Bejiitaon January 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think Julian is an avid reader of Aldous Huxley. He references subject matter from Brave New World in his song Soma. I think he uses the relationship of two characters from Point Counter Point in this song. The characters Walter Bidlake and Lucy Tantamount are a close resemblance to the people he descibes in this song. Walter is a old fashioned romantic with a mistress. Lucy is a woman of the modern mindset. She is in it for pleasure, not for love. Walter harbors a relationship that is unsatisfying and his lover/mate is a bore...This leads to his promiscuous behavior. Regina Spektor models that side of the tango with her singing parts....She sounds like Walter's desperate/depressed lover waiting at home for him. Walter is an old fashion man with a modern day mistress...it kinda fits Julians narrative
    VG5on June 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthands down one of the best duos ever....
    reptillaon July 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell this is my guess about this song's lyric.

    "You were right
    Right on time
    You were right
    I was wrong
    That's alright
    I don't belong"

    First she says that he was right on time, and that she wasnt, though, it is alright because she doesnt belong to his 'old fashioned world'(mind), but neither does he to her 'modern world" (mind)

    "Modern girls always have to go
    Old-fashioned men always want a mistress
    Modern girls always get their way
    Modern men dream of what they can't say"

    Maybe here he is saying that guys are old fashioned because they are searching for 'romance' and girls are modern because nowadays they are more expontaneous about showing their feelings and sexuality. but when guys get bored, modern girls have to go because they notice that what they really need is an old-fashioned girl like them. to take care of them, and not just for fun. But maybe they fell in love with some of this women and they cant say how they're feeling because they cant deal with it, and so they keep sending them away...

    "Why you sitting over there?"

    He tends to ignore her just due to the fact that he 'doesnt belong'.

    "Why you gotta say it
    If you know it's sounding wrong
    Says that he'll apologize
    And it won't take too long"

    he likes her, but he also ignores her and she knows that, so she hopes that he'll apologize, soon, because he likes her.

    "Always thinking about yourself"

    He "doesnt care" about her feelings.

    "Why you sitting over there?
    I don't want the imprint of your key on my nose
    We don't have to tell no one
    Cause no one wants to know
    Always thinking about yourself
    You don't have no happiness at home"

    She wants keep seeing him but he doesnt, he wants to leave her behind. He thinks that she is making a big deal out of the thing but she keeps saying that really likes him, but he only thinks about himself and ignores her.

    "You don't love me
    I am an animal
    I am not practical"

    here she is more like obssessed with him. she keeps saying that she loves him, and thinking to herself how much she wants him (being wild, sexual, crazy, inconscious...) and that she is more than what he knows about her. she is complicated and he might not understand her completly.

    In the end both keep saying:
    "Always thinking about yourself"
    and then:
    "Was I?"

    Because they realise that maybe thet should have paid more attention to each other's situations and thoughts, than just saying how they felt.

    not really sure about the 'im your son' thing... son of his land? his own blood? :S
    ieatfrenchfrieson August 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh and also i think the lyric is "I don't want the imprint of your key UPON my nose", not on. haha sorry dont mean to be picky.
    DonnntBeACoconuton December 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno comments? geesh.

    this is a great duo. amazing song.
    a_transienton November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, great song. where are the comments?
    barelylegal32on November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe only 2 comments are stupid people asking others to make comments. Make that 3.
    five_to_oneon November 15, 2004   Link

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